HIGH-STAKES DUEL

  • Article by: TONY KENNEDY and PAUL McENROE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: March 7, 2011 - 2:44 PM

Claims of unfair tactics intensify disputes between BNSF and injured workers.

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nynickieDec. 7, 1010:00 PM

Wow! This is just like a John Grisham novel because it is CRAP. As a journalist, I am truly horrified by the one-sided reporting and writing in this article. If you could call it that. Crap writing aside, this story is awful because four teenagers died. But, is it the fault of the railroad? One employee? The driver? Maybe we will never know, maybe the evidence will point to the answer. However, it seems as though this railroad and the courts system has found its answer...Craig Hildebrant. Which seems almost too good to be true. Clearly, it is not the driver's fault...because you know teens driving around on a party night most likely wouldn't try to drive around the crossing bars? Right. Because everytime we all get behind the wheel we follow every traffic rule, we do not speed or illegally pass or park in handicap spots? Please. Could it be the fault of the railroad company? No! Even thought they have a spotty safety record...it could not be the company's fault! So, let's put the blame on ONE employee! If Craig Hildebrant was such a "rouge" employee than why did he work for the rail road for so long? Did anyone investigate his safety record? What about interviewing him? What about the witness? No interview? WOW! Isn't that journalism 101? I seem to remember that from freshman year...always present BOTH sides of the story...this is just sad. It makes me sick.

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mattaudioDec. 7, 1010:39 PM

eye opening

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minn12Dec. 7, 1010:45 PM

Hmmm, is it just me, or is there some sort of rash of anti-BNFS stories popping up in the Strib? Wonder why?

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patwellsDec. 8, 1012:13 AM

I apologize for repeating my question. However, the I do not understand how the Court of Appeals judges were selected for this case. How does this work?

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icu812Dec. 8, 10 6:51 AM

Just waiting for BNSF to pour on the PR. The company is rotten to the core. The shills supporting yet another oversized corporation just don't get it - corporations are not people and shouldn't be protected under the 14th Ammendment. It's time to end human rights abuses by corporations.

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gofig999Dec. 8, 10 8:43 AM

Reading about BNSF, I thought I was back in the 1800 and early 1900's where large corporations had the right to demand unsafe work practices and then fire those who were injured. This is scary and it is about time the government brings BNSF into this century!

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northbordersDec. 8, 1010:06 AM

I appreciate the Star Tribune for publishing this series on BNSF. When those four young people were killed, I was quick to judge them for "going around the gates" but with the article's other information, I do have a more balanced opinion, and that is that BNSF does not have a good record.

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reader2580Dec. 8, 1010:21 AM

In the year 2010 why do railroad companies still get special treatment for worker's injuries? If a worker is hurt while on the clock they should get full worker's comp like other industries. There was probably good reasons to treat the railroad industry special 100 years ago, but not today.

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sgtschultzDec. 8, 10 1:42 PM

Fortunate for the injured workers the company employs an investigative company that is not very good at investigating claims. That is what you get when you go to a national vendor to cut costs. Should have stayed local, then you would have gotten the info you needed on the Anoka case.

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sgtschultzDec. 8, 10 1:44 PM

If a worker is hurt while on the clock they should get full worker's comp like other industries.---They get better benefits than Minnesota residents.

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